Academy Trust Handbook: changes from September 2021The Academies Financial Handbook has been refreshed and renamed. There are no major changes, but you should still be familiar with what’s different in the new handbook. Use our summary to get up to speed.
How to interrogate a finance reportRead our step-by-step guide to interrogating the finance report so you're clear on what the numbers mean, what to look out for and what questions to ask your school business manager in your finance committee meeting.
How to use financial benchmarkingGet a handle on how to use the DfE's financial benchmarking website, so you can see how your school compares with others and ask your school business manager the right kinds of questions.
Monitoring school finance: an overviewFinancial oversight is one of the governing board's core functions. Get more detail on what your board's key responsibilities are, and learn what financial oversight means in practice, so you can monitor effectively.
Pupil premium: ensuring value for moneyHow can we monitor pupil premium spending? We relay guidance from one of our associate experts on how governors can monitor pupil premium spending. We also link to information and tools from Ofsted to help monitor the funding, and a case study from FASNA.
Funds and freebies: monthly highlightsSee the latest deadlines for funding opportunities. You'll also find a selection of the grants available to schools across a range of areas, and details of freebies you can access. Plus, a round up of free support and resources to help during coronavirus.
Governors' role in generating income for schoolsJust like every other aspect of school operations, school finances are being deeply affected by the coronavirus crisis. Learn how to help your school generate income and find some potential solutions for raising much-needed funds.
Approving the budget: questions to ask (full board)Know what questions to ask your finance committee before you vote on the school budget (including considerations as a result of coronavirus), so you can be sure that the budget has been scrutinised properly.
Coronavirus: how your budget is affectedGet up to speed on the current school finance landscape so you know what government support is available and what financial challenges your school might be facing.
Efficient staffing budgetsHow can our school be more efficient with the staffing budget? The largest proportion of any school’s budget will be spent on staffing, so we look at how schools can achieve best value for money. We relay expert advice and refer to government guidance on how you might do this.
Pupil premium: spendingKnow what your role is in monitoring pupil premium spending, and get up to speed with the rules on what it should and shouldn't be spent on.
Refusing to approve the school budgetThis is a serious decision. Understand the different situations where your governing board might refuse to approve the budget, and what you can do next if this happens.
The budget approval process in MATsThe budget approval process can vary from trust to trust. Use these examples to get an idea of what the process might look like in your multi-academy trust, where you could be involved and what you'd need to do.
Coronavirus: catch-up premium cheat sheetUnderstand how the coronavirus catch-up premium will be allocated, what your school can use the funding for (including the National Tutoring Programme) and your role in holding school leaders to account for how the premium is spent.
Devolved formula capital (DFC) fundingDevolved formula capital (DFC) is a source of capital funding for maintained schools and academies. Learn about how it's allocated and the rules your school needs to follow when spending it.
Free school meals: how are they funded?Mainstream schools should use their core budget allocations to provide FSM to pre-16 pupils, but the government has also introduced a FSM supplementary grant for 2018-19 and 2019-20. Find out the details about this grant and learn how FSM are funded in special schools and for post-16 pupils.
Funding in maintained schoolsRead our one-page summary of how maintained schools are funded, and your role in overseeing the financial performance of your school. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
Primary PE and sport premiumUnderstand how the PE and sport premium for primary schools is allocated and find out how your school can spend it.
Pupil premiumSave time by reading our summary of the pupil premium in just one page. Download a copy to share with your governing board.
Pupil premium: eligible pupilsLearn which categories of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding, and find out more about each category. These include 'ever 6 FSM', 'looked after children' and 'service children'.